A few weeks ago, I had an uncomfortable phone interview with Angie Harmon in which she accused me of never watching her smash series, "Rizzoli & Isles" because I mispronounced the name of her character, Rizzoli. So I was a little skittish meeting her in person earlier this week on the set of TNT series. No worries. The star couldn’t have been nicer, cracking jokes about how she’s often able to get out of speeding tickets thanks to her roles as law-enforcement officials on both "Law & Order" and her new drama.
"I’ll raise an eyebrow and say, ‘Do you own a television?’" she said.
Equally gracious was Lorraine Bracco who plays Harmon’s mother. From the set of Isles’ kitchen, she offered visitors oatmeal cookies she had baked the night before. However, I had my eye on the vast bottle of wine stocked in a refrigerator in the kitchen. When told that the vino was real, I hinted that it might not be a bad idea to crack open a bottle, despite the fact that it wasn’t even noon.
"Oh, you ignore my cookies for the wine," said the former "Sopranos" star.
Also part of the first day of the TCA tour: Anderson Cooper waxing poetically about his love for the "Real Housewives" series and an insider look at how 120 animators produce a season of "The Simpsons."